Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt has told the Chronicle that he believes the side have a chance of winning the FA Cup this season.
The Black Cats take on Bradford City on Saturday in a match they go into as the heavy favourites, and Bridcutt insists that the squad believe they can go all the way in the tournament.
“There’s a few big teams out now and it gives us a bigger chance," he said.
“Without a doubt, everyone is seeing an opportunity in the cup after seeing the results. Everyone is going to look at it as a chance to go and win the cup this season.”
Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City have already been knocked out of the competition, meaning that guessing the winner of the tournament is a tough challenge.
The unpredictability of the FA Cup so far should serve as warning to Sunderland as to what can happen if they are off their game.
Bradford were Chelsea's conquerors in the fourth-round and will be looking to cause another upset in front of their own fans this weekend.
If Sunderland play to their full potential then that will be very tough, but this is not a fixture that the visitors will relish.
Pressure has been heaped on the Black Cats following their defeat to Queens Park Rangers in midweek and a setback against lower league opposition could spell the end for Gus Poyet's time in charge of the club.